Former child star Billy Gilman has landed himself a spot in the final 12 on hit U.S. TV talent show The Voice.
His cover of Roy Orbison’s Crying helped him win a place in the finals on Monday night (07Nov16).
The singer is hoping The Voice will lead to a career revival after losing his way as a country music artist following his break-out hit, One Voice, in 2000 - when he was 11.
Gilman became the youngest country act to earn a Top 40 hit.
Thrilled to win a place in the the final 12, Billy took to Twitter after his victory and wrote: "Oh MY GOD. YOU ALL OF YOU AMAZING PEOPLE... (sic) YOU THAT'S IT. YOU ALLL (sic) have my heart. I am so grateful to you."
An Adele cover originally landed him a spot on the show and all four judges, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, and Alicia Keys, turned their chairs around to face Gilman, who was clearly overwhelmed by the response.
"I know Billy," Shelton said after he asked the Grammy-nominated singer his name.
"I started out as a young country artist and had great success," the now-28-year-old said. "To finally be here in a moment where I can finally sing the way I so badly wanted to even then, and to finally stand here and be amongst you, it truthfully is such an honour."
"When I was making my first album, that's when One Voice came out," Shelton recalled. "It's crazy, Billy, because you always wonder whatever happened to somebody. Now you've found your sound and where you belong musically. I'm happy for you, man."
The memories also came flooding back for Miley, who remembered Gilman once opened for her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, on tour.
"I know who the hell you are! Let me take care of you," she said.
Maroon 5 singer Levine won the battle to coach Gilman, who is one of the frontrunners to win this season of the talent show.